TV Shows to Binge This Season *

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Hey Everyone!
 Autumn has finally come and the long nights have started to crawl in, normally wen this season rolls in, I rarely leave the warm cosiness of the house. So whats one of  the best things to do when its cold outside? Binge watch TV shows! (Although I do this all year round, the colder months are when I really get into TV) So when Panasonic asked me to work with them to help promote their Panasonic Oled 4K TV  and talk about my fave TV shows to binge right now, how could I say no? 
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My picks for binge worthy TV are a varied bunch, what can I say I like a lot of different things, hopefully there is something in thus lists that interests you and could make you want to watch it. My choices range from Comedy to Drama to Historical and Foreign. I wasn't joking when I said it was varied. So lets gets started shall we ? 
Jane The Virgin 

I was first recommended this show by a very good friend of mine, and I am so glad they did. I fell in love with this show from the first episode. Its such a feel good show with a really great cast and brilliant plot lines. It follows a young woman called Jane who is accidentally artificially inseminated (ie made pregnant) but shes a virgin, and the show follows all the twist and turns this brings her life. Although it is a comedy show it deals with some truly real matters ie; having your heart broken, pregnancy and a lot more but I don't want to spoil it for you. I couldn't praise this TV show more, I started watching it whilst I was getting over a break up and it was the perfect pick me up, and gave me dome really great advice. If there are any that I'd say at least give a try it is this one. I guarantee you will not regret it.
(Available on Netflix)
Lucifer

Okay listen to this. The devil living in LA and taking a break from ruling hell by helping to solve murders on earth. Interested ? I thought you would be. Now I'm not one for religion but this shows takes all the mythology around angels and Lucifer and creates an incredibly enjoyable show. Its also based on the Neil Gaiman Comics, so you know it's gonna be good.Tom Ellis plays the fallen angel perfectly, his british accent, his sarcastic and twisted demeanor mixed with his moments of humanity and compassion make you really love the character and keeps you watching. 
 (Available on Amazon Video)
Outlander

Now if you haven't heard of this show, you have been living under a rock for the past couple of years. Outlander is historical romance show. It follows Claire, a WW2 nurse as she travels back in time to Scotland 1743. There she must survive without being captured by the English, and try to find her way back to the present day. This is an incredibly popular show and for good reason. It is based on a book series by Diana Gabaldon starting in 1991 and the series is still going now. So when the TV adaptation was announced it already had a huge fanbase. Although I should say it is quite adult, there is a fair bit of gore and sex, so its up to you if it is something you consider watching but I have to say the plot is incredible and so well thought out. It has made me fall in love with Scotland and its history. 
(Available on Amazon Video) 
Riverdale

Okay I am coming to this so late in the game. Everyone has already raved and obsessed over this show but I didn't pay any attention to it. I recently wanted something new to watch and i heard everyone talking about the second season being released, so I gave it a try. I am hooked! I have already binged the first series in a couple of days and Im almost done. It focuses on the town of Riverdale where a teenager , the star football player is missing and is then found to be murdered. The show follows a group of teenagers trying to find out who killed Jason Blossom. I have never been so quickly hooked onto a show as this. If you were a fan of Pretty Little Liars and are wanting to watch similar this is perfect.
(Availaible on Netflix)
Miss Panda and Mr Hedgehog

Now fair warning this is a Korean show. (I told you I like foreign shows) I love Korean shows and have become obsessed with them over the past year, but this has got to be one of my favourites, I have re-watched it several times. It focuses on a bakery called Cafe Panda and three central characters ; Pan Da-Yang, The owner of the bakery. Go Seung-Ji, the patissier and Choi Won-il, the CEO of the competitor chain bakery. It is a comedy show, filled with friendship, family, love and best of all Cake! Please dont be put off for the fact that it is Korean, there are English Subtitles to watch it with. I truly hope a few people give this show a go because it is an amazing feel good show.
(Available on Netflix)
Once Upon A Time
Now, this is a series that has been going for a long time. It is in its 7th season and still telling an amazing narrative. Its plot centers around fairytale characters who have forgotten who they are as they now live in a land without magic, in our world. Until a little boy finds his long lost birth mother to help bring magic back to the town of Storybrooke. I binged through the first 3 seasons in less than a month. I was completely hooked. If you're a fan of Disney or fairytales, this is definitely something check out.
(Available on Netflix)

So those are my top picks for TV shows to binge watch through this season. I hope you found something that interested you within this list and gave you something new to watch. 
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Scouser Down South

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I know its been a while, since I last wrote a blog post, but I have a good reason ... I moved to London! Thats right, this little Scouse girl has moved down south to the capital. Its a very big change but its an adventure. 

Obviously its going to be different from living in Liverpool where I lived with my family and surrounded by my friends, but I have been here for 3 weeks now and I'm starting to settle in to my new home. I live in a student house with six other people, all lovely thankfully. 

The reason I made this huge move away from my life was because I had gotten a place at University to study my Master's degree in publishing. I have two weeks of uni already and I could not be more sure of my decision to come here. I love my course and everything I am learning about, because its everything I need for my career after I graduate. 

To say its a big change is an understatement. Yes although Liverpool is a busy city filled with life and people, it is small in comparison. London is practically the definition of a busy city, although I live in a quiet suburb near my university you still see the business of London in everyone's rushed gazes and pace. 

Living in another city, is always something that will take a while to get my head around, and this is definitely true about London, growing up I heard so many things about the Capital, that when I got here I felt the urge to get out there and see everything and take on everything head first. Which is what I'm going to do.

So London, are you ready for this Scouser down south ? 

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Getting My Plateful At Alma De Cuba

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 Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about a restaurant that i was recently invited to, to taste their menu; Alma De Cuba. Previous to the invitation I had never even heard of the restaurant, and boy was I missing out! I arrived to be greeted by the insanely lovely Sam from Sabre Beauty and was given a drink as I went in to greet the bloggers who had already arrived. It was so good to see my fellow bloggers, especially since it would one of the few times i wold see them until I moved.

After a few drinks and chatting to the girls and taking a few pictures together d of the venue, we were all escorted upstairs towards the dining area of the restaurant. I was in awe when I saw it. It was beautiful! I am quite in love with architecture and when I saw how the old church had been transformed into what is now Alma De Cuba I was blown away. It is absolutely stunning the way they have incorporated the alter and the pillars with the modern features of the restaurant and bar.

We were shown to our table, which had been set up for us beautifully, each place had our names written on them and a little shiny goodie bag waiting for us filled with sweets, and vouchers to use in the future. It was obvious that they wanted us to have a great time there. Once we had all looked through our goodie bags we ordered our drinks whilst we perused the menu. I chose from their Alma De Fresco non alcoholic menu and went for the Bora Bora, which was Coco Lopez,Watermelon juice, Pineapple juice and orange juice. It was glorious, it was incredibly tasty and really refreshing and proof that some of the best drinks don't need alcohol in them.

There was so much choice when it came to ordering food, we were spoilt for choice. I, on this occasion did not order a starter but a few of the girls did, one including the Sweet Potato and Chorizo croquettes, which looked and smelled incredible, it made me regret not ordering them. For my main course I decided to order the Chargrilled grain fed Argentinian rib eye of beef. Oh my goodness it was got to be one the best steaks I have ever had in my entire life! I would recommend everyone going just to taste that steak, you will not be disappointed. Once we had finished our mains came the chance to order dessert, by this point some of us were filled with the delicious food provided that they opted out, but as it is me, I never turn down dessert and so I ordered the Dulce De Leche and Colombian Cocoa Tart. It was so rich and sweet it was the perfect end to the meal, sorry for the no pictures I ate it too quickly before I realised. It was just too good!

Once we had finished our meals , we were given a quiz to fill in as part of the activities for the night, we instantly all become competitive which was hilarious, it was almost back at school trying to make sure no once copied our answered. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed, the lovely Sarah from Saloca in Wonderland won the prize.

I had such an incredible evening at Alma De Cuba, and the food was incredible, I could not recommended it highly enough, so if you're ever looking for someone new to try I would wholeheartedly say give Alma De Cuba a try. You will not be disappointed.


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Goodbye Liverpool

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Its finally here, the time I say goodbye to my hometown. To Liverpool. That in itself feels strange, because not only was I saying goodbye to the place but to everything I had become there, that's what makes it so hard to say goodbye.

I started saying my goodbyes over a month go, just to ease myself into it, and there a lot of them from friends, family, work colleagues and blogger friends. There were so many goodbyes that I knew it was going to be hard to leave. 

Me saying goodbye to Liverpool is more than just saying goodbye to a city and the people. Its saying goodbye to the memories I have there, Everything I am, is because of Liverpool. The memories I have, the friendships I've made, the person I grew up to be and become; all stems from that magnificent city and I couldn't imagine myself without that link to it.

Liverpool is my childhood, my teenage years and my new adult life when I was trying to figure things out. Its where I had my first kiss, first alcoholic drink, first heartbreak, so many memories are enveloped in that city that I know i will never properly say goodbye to it.

 Liverpool is a part of who I am. Its embedded in my heart and will be for the rest of my life, and even though I wont be living their anymore it will always be my home, my safe haven, the place I can always return to, and I know it will always welcome me back not just because my family and friends are there but because that's Liverpool. Once you're a part of it, it never lets you go. 

That's why its so heartbreaking to leave. 

And so ...

Goodbye Liverpool.



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English Rose - Fashion

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Hey everyone! After nearly three years of blogging, I have finally done a fashion post! I know, it is long overdue. Personally I have shied away form them as I don't view myself as fashionable so why write about something I know very little about. This post doesn't mean I am suddenly going to start calling my a fashion blogger, for the previous reason; I am in no way fashionable, however when I bought this dress I wanted to do a photoshoot with it, it was so beautiful and summery, it felt perfect. So I thankfully had the incredibly talented Heather as my photographer for this day, and she was amazing and made me feel so calm about everything, and for someone who doesn't feel at home in front of the camera that is amazing.

The theme I wanted to go for with this shoot was English Rose, as it matched the dress and the locations we found were incredible and matched it perfectly. So now without further ado, here are the shots from the day .

Dress - Primark
Shoes - New Look
Necklace -Argos











I had such an amazing time at this photo-shoot, and I have a few more in mind, so maybe in the future you will see some more fashion style posts from me. Please go and check out Heather's blog, she is an amazing photographer and blogger, and I am so thankful for her for helping me with this photo-shoot.

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North to South

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I am proudly a Northerner. Born and raised in Liverpool, in the North West of England. But something new is coming, a new adventure 
THIS NORTHERN GIRL IS MOVING DOWN SOUTH!
Yep you heard that right. This scouse girl is moving down south to London, Kingston upon Thames specifically to study for my Masters in Publishing. To be fair this is kind of old news and if you follow me on twitter you might have seen me mention it, and if we know each other in real life you've definitely heard me talk about it, in a mix of excited babble and anxious worries. 
But why the south? Whats wrong with the north?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the north. I adore the north and Liverpool so much an they will always be home and have a special place in my heart but unfortunately London has always been the place i have dreamed about living in since I was 16. Another reason from my reasoning to pick up my life and drop it somewhere new is that what I will be studying; Publishing, not many northern universities offer it to study and my university is in London. London being a glowing hub for publishing, it only seemed right to go down there and try to achieve what I have wanted since I left High School.
Obviously it is a big move and I am going to feel very out of my depths for a while. It will be the first time I will be properly moving out and away from my family and friends. This time it will be different to when I moved out for my first year of my undergraduate degree as I went to a university that was less than an hour away from my home so I saw my family and friends regularly and if I ever felt sick or missed someone I could be home within a hour. Now this is not the case, Ill be in a house share with people I dont know, Ill will most likely see my family around 5-7 times form a whole year which is bizarre and the same for friends, having to say goodbye is going to be sad as I will miss so many people, but I know I wont lose them. I just have to remember this my next adventure until the next one comes along.
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Trying Something New at Pho *

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I love trying new foods, when I get the chance, and when I heard about a new Vietnamese restaurant opening on Bold Street, I knew I had to check it out. So I made a booking, grabbed my friend and headed off to see what Pho had to offer. 

When we arrived we were greeted by the lovely Codie, who showed us over to our table and gave us a brief introduction to the world of Pho, as I had never tried Vietnamese food before. She left us to settle in and have a look at the menu. 
 
The menu was incredible, was something there for everyone, whether you had tried pho before or not, the drinks section was great too, it took a while for us to decide what we wanted due to the vast array of choices but we settled on a lemonade and a pineapple, apple and mint juice, and they both tasted delicious , we got through a few each they were that good.

After our drinks we were brought a plate of prawn crackers and sweet chilli sauce to nibble on whilst we decided what to eat. The prawn crackers did not last long. When it came to ordering the food, we knew we had to go all out because everything looked so delicious. For starters we had the seasoned  crispy chicken wings served with sriracha (Canh Ga) and Homemade pork and lemongrass meatballs with lettece and herbs to wrap and dips.







These starters were incredible as soon as we started eating them we knew we loved them. The meatballs were full of flavor, and then when wrapped in lettuce and dipped in the peanut sauce was incredible. The crispy chicken wings were something else, we both immediately fell in love with them from the bite, they were so good we were considering ordering another plate. i would definitely recommend them if you ever visit. You will not be disappointed.

When it came to the main course I knew I wanted to try Pho, but there was so much choice it took me a while to decide hat to go for, eventually I decided on the Chicken breast in chicken stock Pho (Pho Ga) and I opted to add pieces of steak to my bowl. (It was a good choice) My friend chose the Shredded chicken salad with Asian herbs, peppers and a chilli ginger dressing.



To say they not only looked but smelled amazing when they arrived would be a massive understatement. The salad was so colourful and it was matched by how vibrant the flavours were. The chicken and steak pho I ordered was a perfect introduction to Vietnamese Pho, and I was not disappointed, the broth was incredibly flavoured, the noodles were silky and the meat was cooked perfectly, it was real comfort food, and I could happily go back and order it again.

 Once we had finished our meals, our lovely server Codie came ove and talked to us all about how Pho came to be and the history around the food which was really interesting to hear how much history and culture goes into making food. When it came to ordering dessert we were more than happy to oblige. I am not one to miss out on dessert. We chose the Pandan pancake with roasted coconut served with ice cream (Banh La Dua) and the Chocolate truffle slab served with ice cream (Banh so-co-la Truffle).

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They were both incredibly delicious that we did genuinely want to ask for more, but we knew we wouldn't be able to move if we did that so one was enough. After our meal we were truly full from everything Pho had to offer, we ordered a couple more drinks and chatted before saying thank you and goodbye to the lovely staff who were amazing and looked after us really well. It is fair to say that I am fan of Pho now and would happily go back for a second round. If you want something new to try I highly recommend trying Pho, you will not be disappointed.



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